Recent trends have shown a general decrease in Covid-19 cases in Guyana, Minister of Health, Dr. Frank, reported while providing the daily Covid-19 update on Wednesday. He said the decreased number of cases is reflected in the hospitalisation rates across the country.
“Because we are getting less cases, we have also noticed that in our hospitalisation rates. Right now, we have 60 persons in hospitals across the country, 35 of them are at Ocean View with 14 of them in the ICU. So, this is a drastic change from what we had a couple of weeks ago when we were seeing about 100-120 cases at Ocean View, that is now down to 35. We’ve also had up to 38 persons in the ICU, that has come down to about 14,” Dr. Anthony said.
Of those hospitalised, three are pregnant mothers at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). The minister noted that they have to be monitored as there can be challenges around the time of delivery. The downward trend continues with fewer Covid deaths also being recorded.
“With a decrease in hospitalisation for severe cases, we are also noticing that the death rates are going down and that also is a very important sign. The mortality rate right now is 12.2 per cent, or 12 persons to every 10 000 persons in the population. Hopefully, in the next couple of weeks, we will see this number go down further and that’s what we are working on right now,” the minister noted. He said, however, that there are still some ‘hot spot areas’ countrywide.
“We have noticed a trend where there has been a decline in cases across the country, so right now we have 2,673 active cases and the cases vary by regions, so the regions where I really would consider hot spots are in Region Three and Region Four. We also have in Region Eight and Region Ten,” the minister said.
He noted that in Region Three, areas like Pouderoyen, Tuschen, La Parfaite Harmonie, Parika, Crane, Zeelugt, Cornelia Ida, Vreed-en-Hoop, and Hague, have a higher number of cases. In Region Four, communities like Diamond, Grove, Herstelling, Kitty, Sophia, Campbellville, Cummings Lodge, and the East Coast communities of Enterprise, Mon Repos and Triumph, are also considered hot spots.
Mahdia in Region Eight and Wismar, Amelia’s Ward, and Mackenzie in Region 10 have a higher number of cases than other parts of those regions. Meanwhile, in terms of vaccination 383,013 persons have taken the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, representing 74.7 per cent of the adult population, and 245,932 have taken the second dose, amounting to 47.9 per cent of the adult population.
The minister is hopeful that persons who are yet to take the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine will do so before they expire at the end of November.